Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Denny Carus-Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1886
Bio Notes: Charles Denny Carus-Wilson, born 1886, came from Sevenoaks, Kent. He had studied at the Architectural Association Schools from 1904 to 1905 before being articled to John Belcher in 1906-08; he travelled in Norway and Sweden and passed the qualifying exam in 1909, being admitted ARIBA on 29 November of the same year. His proposers were Belcher, William Howard Seth Smith and Hugh Patrick Guarin Maule, all of London.

During the First World War he saw active service and was awarded the Military Cross. Thereafter he worked as senior assistant to Robert Frank Atkinson, who died in 1923, and subsequently formed a brief partnership with W Boyd Scott when they succeeded to Atkinson's practice. In 1924 he was briefly head of the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, and it was at this time that he won the competition for the city's war memorial. He resigned his post there to move to Edinburgh as senior lecturer in the College of Art; the reasons for this move are unclear, but he may have been assured of the succession to John Begg. The students are said to have found him 'fierce and awe-inspiring'.

Carus-Wilson retired as a lecturer in 1928 and formed a partnership with Frank Mears, who also taught at Edinburgh College of Art. They practised from 3 Forres Street. Their partnership was dissolved in 1934.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Sheffield, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1924 *  
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1928 *  
Item 3 of 412, Ann Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1928 *  
Item 4 of 43, Forres Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 19281934 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Belcher19061908Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Mears & Carus-Wilsonc. 19281934Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Belcher29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Hugh Patrick Guarin Maule29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Howard Seth-Smith29 November 1909for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 21Isobel Hogg Kerr BeattieMid 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 21Kenneth Andrew Begg1929for Associateship
Item 3 of 21David CarrLate 1930for Associateship
Item 4 of 21Morton John Heddell CowieLate 1930 or early 1931for Associateship
Item 5 of 21John Strachan FraserEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 6 of 21Hugh Hawson (junior)1931for Associateship
Item 7 of 21James William HillsEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 8 of 21(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth Early 1931for Associateship
Item 9 of 21Harry Lind4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 10 of 21Hugh Sinclair MacdonaldEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 11 of 21(Captain) Gordon Nasmyth Mackintosh5 December 1927For Associateship
Item 12 of 21Robert Hogg MatthewMid 1931for Associateship
Item 13 of 21(Sir) Frank Charles Mears29 June 1927for Fellowship
Item 14 of 21James Mackie MurrayEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 15 of 21Norman Alexander Gordon NeilLate 1931for Associateship
Item 16 of 21John PattersonEarly 1934for Associateship
Item 17 of 21James Watson Ritchie29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 18 of 21Robert Alexander ScottEarly 1934for Associateship
Item 19 of 21Alfred Sinclair5 December 1927for Associateship
Item 20 of 21Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)14 February 1927For Associateship
Item 21 of 21Edwin TurnbullLate 1931 or early 1932for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 171924City of Sheffield War MemorialSheffield YorkshireEnglandWon competition to secure job
Item 2 of 171925Anglo-South American Bank  SantiagoChileDesign exhibited
Item 3 of 171925Bank of Chile  ValparaisoChileCompetition design exhibited
Item 4 of 171925Law Hill War Memorial  DundeeScotlandDesign exibited
Item 5 of 171927Cenotaph    Design exhibited
Item 6 of 171930Bridge over the River OichAberchalder Inverness-shireScotlandWith Blyth & Blyth as consulting engineers
Item 7 of 17c. 1930Bridge carrying re-aligned A862 over Alt DoeFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 8 of 17c. 1930Whitebridge, new Bridge  Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 9 of 171932Bridge over the River GarryInvergarry Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 10 of 171932Spean Bridge over the River Spean  Inverness-shireScotlandBridge widened
Item 11 of 171933Drumnadrochit Bridge  Inverness-shireScotlandBridge widened
Item 12 of 171933Invermoriston BridgeInvermoriston Inverness-shireScotlandMears & Carus-Wilson as architects; Blyth & Blyth as enginners
Item 13 of 171934Fort Augustus Bridge over the River OichFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotlandSir Frank Mears as architect, Blyth & Blyth as engineers
Item 14 of 171934(?)Tenement, 91 CastlegateJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 15 of 17Before 1934Ardgour ChurchArdgour Inverness-shireScotlandPulpit, communion table and chairs
Item 16 of 17c. 1934Connor Street housing schemePeebles PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 17 of 171961Primary SchoolHilton of Cadboll Ross and CromartyScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp36
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v18 p109 (microfilm reel 20)